Should We Be Giving So Much Attention To The Perpetrators Of Mass Shootings?

June 3, 2016 in Daily Bulletin

In light of the most recent shooting in the US, Michael S. Rosenwald’s article on an app that could, perhaps, help reduce the number of such incidents seems fitting:

  • Some feel that in order to reduce the number of mass shootings, it’s important to stop turning the individuals behind it into (in)famous celebrities
  • The Brady Campaign has launched a browser plug-in that replaces the names and pictures of mass violence perpetrators with the names and pictures of victims.
  • There is some evidence that mass shootings spread like a virus – after disturbed individuals see a prominent example they may be more likely to then plan their own.
  • On the flip side though, defenders of naming shooters point out that this helps inform the debate and could inspire research into the risk factors that lead to individuals committing atrocities.

Read more about the effort here.

Source: The Washington Post